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came back so strongly that I got up, had a cold bath, and began to
pack. And sure enough, at 4 a.m., the bell rang, and there they
were. When they saw me, all dressed up and waiting for them,
they looked so astonished that I couldn't help laughing. fc*But.
madame/" they cried, "how did you know ? We were only told
ourselves an hour ago/" "Just a hunch," I answered, and they
had to believe me. because there was 110 way in which I could
possibly have received any information ; the house had been
guarded all night and all the telephone wires had been cut.
'When we reached the station/ she went 011, "it was about dawn.
I was feeling quite gay; I'd had time to dress properly, and my
hat was on, straight—and anyway, it was all in the day's work.
But some of the others were very disgruntled; they had been
completely taken by surprise. Gandhiji had been saying his
prayers and I must bay that the police were very courteous and
stayed outside till he had finished. But I don't think Patel had
been saying his prayers—and judging by the expression, on, the
faces of some of the others, they hadn't been saying them either.
* There were forty of us, and we had a lovely special train,.    The
Chief of the C.LD. came up to me, looking very anxious, and said,
;*I do hope there is not going to be any trouble/'    "So do I," I
said.   He asked me, "Will you sit with Mr. Gandhi in the train
and keep him quiet ? '*  I had to laugh again.  I said that I would
be honoured to sit with Gandhiji but really there wouldn't be any
need to keep him quiet; he certainly wouldn't try to jump out of
the window or pull the communication cord or anything like that.
Anda of course, Gandhiji was as quiet as a mouse ; he wasn't even
angry; all he kept on saying was, t%But it's so silly9 so very sitty..,
just when I was about to negotiate with the Viceroy/'
* Meanwhile,' she continued, *I was wondering where they were
taking us; it's a curious feeling, being whirled off in the early
hours of the morning to a completely unknown destination.    I
hoped it would be to the old prison where I'd been ten years
before, and where Fd planted 108 trees, or was it 109 ?    Anyway,
I'd be glad to see those trees again-    As you know, they took us
to the Aga Khan's so-called palace...'
* Why "so-called" ?' I interrupted.
"Well, you know, it*s not really so much of a palace, not when